TOS OFFSHORE NEWSLETTER
THE LARGEST AND THE STRONGEST
She has the length of the empire state building and the surface area of eight football fields. The Pioneering Spirit is the largest construction vessel in the world. Moreover, the vessel’s lifting capacity is unprecedented, making the ship ideal for single-lift installation and removal of large oil and gas platforms and the installation of record-weight pipelines. The vessel, designed and commissioned by Allseas has the ability to lift entire oil rigs in one piece, which will significantly reduce the amount of offshore work associated with platform installation or decommissioning, largely moving this work to shore, where it is less expensive, safer and more environmentally friendly. At this time TOS provides engineers and mechanics for the vessel who work together with the rest of the crew to prepare Pioneering Spirit for a series of heavy lift and pipelay projects, which will be executed the coming years. Read more about the technical design, vessel specifications and take a look at the video and photo gallery at allseas.com.
OFFICE IN THE SKY
Imagine working at a height of 150 meters. Windows in every direction, a stunning view over cities and landscapes all over the Netherlands. Crane operator Jan Schellinger enjoyed it for years until he made a switch three years ago and started working offshore on platforms and vessels.
Why the switch?
‘I‘ve been a crane operator on all kinds of cranes since I was eighteen years old. I’d gained some offshore experience at Heerema Offshore, but the work as a crane operator was not that different from the work onshore. Then TOS contacted me. They had found me online and assigned me to a short, two-week job as a crane operator. I haven’t looked back since. It’s been a great opportunity to explore the offshore world and to educate myself.’
How is working offshore different than working onshore?
‘I have a great position working as Crane Operator Offshore, but you have to give it your very best. You also need support from the home front. My dad loves to hear my stories and my wife Peggy is simply awesome. She is my manager and job coach. She doesn’t complain about me working offshore and being away from home for many weeks, as I was last year.’
What is it like to work for Seafox and TOS?
‘Both Seafox and TOS are healthy, down-to-earth and straightforward companies. I like how TOS supports me, answers my questions and helps me to keep my documents up to date. The crew at Seafox is great to work with. Professional and well trained. At 44 years old, I’m the rookie but they treat me well. Like a brother. I’m also happy to get the chance to keep developing myself. This year, I’m off for the LOLER training program. You’re never too old to learn!’
STRAIGHTFORWARD, HONEST AND DIRECT
‘In our business, everything is out in the open. Clients are straightforward, honest and direct.’ Meet Laura Versteeg, Consultant Offshore at TOS. After completing her Bachelor of Commercial Economics, she started working at an employment agency focused on production workers and administrative employees.
‘The competition is fierce. Great service is key and that’s just my cup of tea. I like to connect with people and find the right solution for everyone involved. In this business, it’s important to be present and proactive! It is up to you! You are your best marketing instrument. The move to TOS was a new start, in a new sector with hardworking seafarers and offshore professionals. They know their skills, value, and limitations. Great to work with and talk to! I’ve worked on the Wikinger project from Boskalis and for our client Allseas. Expectations are clear: our services need to be top notch. That motivates me to do my best and make sure all parties are satisfied. It’s what I love about my work: connecting on a personal level and getting the job done!’
JOB IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MECHANICS
The right mechanical/hydraulic experience, a hands-on mentality and some offshore safety certificates. That’s all you need to start an offshore career as a mechanic. As pipe laying vessels, crane ships, and heavy lift vessels become more and more advanced, there is an increasing demand for technical crew members to maintain the installations and equipment on board.
Education & certificates to speed up your career:
- (Offshore) medical certificate
- Basic training in compliance with STCW-95
- Advanced fire fighting
- Hydraulic experience
- Seaman’s book
Be aware that every company has its own list of requirements and tasks for each position as every vessel is different and tasks are divided to create the most efficient workplace. Check out our current vacancy for Mechanics.
MEET US AT OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY 2017
Visit us at stand N-E74. On the 6th – 8th of June, TOS will be exhibiting at Offshore Wind Energy 2017. WindEurope and RenewableUK are working together in order to host the world’s largest offshore wind conference and exhibition. This year Offshore Wind Energy is taking place in London.
For additional information about the venue and opening hours, click here.
Josien Cool (Business Manager) and Mijke Zabel (Consultant Offshore) at TOS visited the JB115 and JB117 to familiarise themselves with these impressive barges. They are already selecting and contracting the TOS crew to join these barges. Next month the JB117 will be heading for the German Bight. Mijke: ‘Paul Brouwer (Crewing Manager at Jack-Up Barge), thanks for having us and we wish the crew a safe journey. Good luck at the project side!’